Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Park, Peter
Discipline and Number
HIST 3319 Section 001
TR Time 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Early Modern Europe

Description of Course:

This course is a survey of European history from the Black Death to the French Revolution (ca.1340-1800). Themes to be covered are the self and society, politics, cultural and intellectual life, and religion. We consider religious, gender, class, and regional differences as well as cultural and intellectual movements. Topics include the Renaissance, Protestant Reformation, Scientific Revolution, absolutism, constitutionalism, and Enlightenment. Students will be able to (1) describe the major themes and events of early modern European history, (2) recognize the difference between primary and secondary sources and evaluate them for their historical significance, and (3) form and defend views and interpretations of early modern European history using evidence and argumentation.

Required Texts:

Hunt, Lynn, Thomas R. Martin, Barbara H. Rosenwein, R. Po-Chia Hsia, and Bonnie G. Smith. The Making of the West: People and Cultures, Vol. B: 1320-1830, 3rd edition. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009. ISBN 9780312465094

Brucker, Gene. Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence. University of California Press, 2005. ISBN 0520244958

Medick, Hans, and Benjamin Marschke. Experiencing the Thirty Years War: A Brief History with Documents. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. ISBN 9780312535056

Galilei, Galileo. Letter to Madame Christina of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Concerning the Use of Biblical Quotations in Matters of Science. (avail. on eLearning)

Beik, William. Louis XIV and Absolutism: A Brief Study with Documents. Bedford/St. Martin, 2000. ISBN 031213309X

Jacob, Margaret C. The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Documents. Bedford/St. Martin, 2001. ISBN 0312179979

Graffigny, Françoise de. Letters from a Peruvian Woman. Translated by Kornacker. Modern Languages Association, 1993. ISBN 0-87352-778-X

And other texts

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

regular attendance & participation in discussion (20% of final grade), mid-term exam (20%), 6-to-7-page essay (25%), and final exam (35%)

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